Free Community Events

September 29, 2014
Media Contact: Julie Armstrong, 831-521-0704

Inaugural event focuses on “Healthy People, Healthy Oceans” with ocean and beach activities

You don’t need to be an avid athlete, open water swimmer or team player to enjoy Monterey Beach SportFest.  The October 4-5 weekend offers a variety of on-the-beach activities for everyone.

The inaugural SportsFest event is focused on bringing awareness of the beach and ocean through both athletic events and educational outreach.  Plus, there’s beach yoga, family ‘movement’ activities, outrigger canoe landings, food trucks, Taiko drumming, massage, face painting and more.

With local temperatures predicted to be in the eighties over the weekend, the beach should be a welcome venue for all events.  Saturday morning kicks off at 8 a.m with three distance swims of 2.5, 1 and half mile distances, plus water polo and beach volleyball.  At 11 a.m. ocean advocate and endurance swimmer Bruckner Chase will be leading “First Splash” to inspire local youth to engage with the ocean, at 2 p.m. feature local trainer Jennifer Pilotti will lead a free strength and mobility flow class, all levels welcome, and at 3 p.m. Chase and event sponsor Finis will hold an Open Water Clinic and Equipment Demonstration for the public.

Throughout the weekend, beach-goers can visit booths to learn about The Wahine Project for girls’ surfing, Reef Check focused on healthy reefs, Camp Sea Lab, the Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber, Surfrider Foundation, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and more “Healthy Oceans” organizations.

A variety of exhibitors will focus on “Healthy People” including the Monterey Sports Center, Monterey Pilates Project, Monterey Spine & Joint, Terrapin Physical Therapy, Monterey Bay Center for Integrated Health and others.  MPC Massage Professionals are offering on-site massages for $1 per minute.

Endurance sports activities continue on Sunday, kicking off with a Splash and Dash event combining ocean swimming and a beach run.  At 10 a.m. the Ikaika Challenge begins with the three distances (full, relay and mini), combining swimming, strength activities (push-ups, sit-ups and squats), and a beach run.  Taiko drummers will be on hand starting at 10:00 am to pump up the runners in this challenging event.

Beach volleyball, ocean waterpolo and the “Healthy People, “Healthy Oceans” Expo continue throughout the day, Sunday.  At 1:30 p.m. local yoga instructor, Stacey Johnson, will lead a free one hour beach yoga session.  Participants are encouraged to bring mats for this event.

The weekend will wrap up with a ‘last splash’ encouraging the public to take a dip in Monterey Bay.

“It’s all about connecting people to this awesome resource we are privileged to live around,” said Terri Bilbro, co-founder of the event.  “We hope that SportsFest serves as a first step to give people a better understanding of our connection to the ocean.  Some will immerse, others engage, and hopefully all will be touched.”

For more information and registration for sports activities, visit